I came across an article by Runners World that discussed men who woke up at 4 a.m. to workout and it made me excited to know that I wasn’t the only crazy guy who woke up to a 4 a.m. alarm at least 4 times a week to work on my fitness. I used to hit the gym after work but I began to resent dealing with traffic, parking and time wasted waiting for my turn at the free weights, it became a stressful situation that affected my evenings.
I didn’t know the power that existed behind a 4 a.m. wake up call until my partner introduced me to the idea 5 years ago, he also introduced me to Lululemon which I am forever grateful for! It was a very difficult transition at first but I quickly realized how rewarding it would be.
There are a hundred excuses you can come up with to stay in bed and snooze the alarm (you’re tired, sore, it’s cold, you don’t want to disturb your dogs) but I want to share with you a couple of reasons why I choose NOT to hit snooze and choose to get my ass out of bed.
1. I like to start my day feeling accomplished.
- Whether I’m weight training at the gym or teaching a 5:30 AM cycling class there is something gratifying about knowing you’ve burned 400+ calories, had breakfast and made it to the office before the sun rises. You’re a badass.
2. Who doesn’t like to have free evenings?
- After working a 9-hour day I found it difficult to find the motivation to spend another hour working out, and when I did I was usually tired and didn’t have the same level of energy I did in the morning. I enjoy getting my workouts done early so I can have my evenings free to rest or meet up with friends for dinner.
3. Start your day with a clear mind and focus on what’s to come.
- The extra hours I have to myself before walking into the office allow me to organize and prepare my mind for what I need to accomplish that day. I can work out any problems I had and walk in with a clear mind.
With that being said, there are a few things I’ve had to change over the past 5 years to keep myself motivated---here are a few that I’ve tried and others for you to consider.
1. Find a gym or fitness studio that keeps you inspired, challenged and motivated.
2. Join a fitness program that allows you to explore multiple studio’s and platforms, i.e. StudioHop.
3. Keep your playlists up to date and fun. If you don’t have the time to create one just download Spotify, Apple Music or Soundcloud to your smart phone, they have a ton of playlists for your enjoyment.
4. This one may be easier said than done, but find a workout partner who can keep you accountable. Even if you don’t do the same workouts, find someone who you can count on to wake you up, even if they have to drag you out of bed!
5. Buy some killer workout clothes and accessories: headphones, trainers, sports watches---keep it feeling fresh.
6. Keep your workouts fresh, don’t get stuck in a rut of doing the same core exercises every day. Hire a personal trainer, download a fitness trainer app or join an online fitness program that will provide you with a variety of routines.
7. Last but not least, get plenty of rest. You can’t take over the world on just 4 hours of sleep.